Inducing Play


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Name: Nirmohi Kathrecha

Nationality: Indian


Instagram: @nirmohikathrecha

LinkedIn: Nirmohi Kathrecha –


-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Architecture


Institutions are instruments of power. They direct one’s conduct by setting disciplinary mechanisms on the one hand and standardisation of knowledge on the other. Needless to say, these are spatially manifested within the architecture of a campus conditioning one’s eventual worldview. A series of interventions question and ‘tickle’ the design rubric of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. A roster of five subsites is given force to this idea by constant corelation of conceptual activities that extend from the existing building. An aggregate of this gestures, the design creates fantastical punctuations in the ‘traditional’ framework of the building. It metaphorically reifies the notion of ‘play’, of a parallel liberalisation from the conventional and the older zeitgeist. The ambition is to provoke, evoke, to create a self-referential idea that breaks away from the known and the latent. The interventions spring from the metaphors of transgression, discrepancy, excuses, etc. from a broader “player’s manifesto” and create landscapes called the shifting entries, landscape of opening doors, monument of error and scaffolding, corridor of deviations and loitering pavilion. Instead of formal and material aspects, it focuses on a choreography of experiences that bring in this point of view.


Project Type: Institutional

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